Rex Tillerson Calls Trump A Lot Worse Than “F*cking Moron”
But In A More Gentlemanly Way…
In a commencement speech at the Virginia Military Institute, the former Secretary of State grimly warns about leaders who play fast and loose with truth, facts, and freedom.
Tillerson’s upbraiding of Trump accomplished without mentioning the President by name, coming during what was otherwise a pretty conventional address.
And there’s really not too much to report on here except for Tillerson’s poignant words, so here are some of his words:
“If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom”.
He then says almost exactly the same thing in a slightly more “folsky” way:
“When we as people, a free people, go wobbly on the truth even on what may seem the most trivial matters, we go wobbly on America”.
Here’s a link to that part of Tillerson’s speech. (Click on the photo to watch):
Why is all this important? Because while Tillerson was never really part of Trump’s inner circle, he was most certainly an insider, making him a critical witness to the history that was created in front of him.
Trump can’t really argue Tillerson’s a “crazy Democrat” or is making up “fake news”. And while Trump boosters may be poo-pooing Tillerson’s remarks as venting by a fractured former employee who yes, once called Trump a “f*cking moron” (and anyway never really “got with the program”), Tillerson is still widely respected as a corporate leader who for years ran Exxon Mobil, one of the biggest companies in the world.